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Forced Failure and the Undignified Hero

When a hero fails in a game, it usually means a game over or that an earlier save state can overwrite that failure from ever happening. This either means that defeat is so absolute that the game cannot continue or that the failure is so inconsequential that it can be avoided entirely. What games don’t often do is force players into a situation where there is no right answer.

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Narrative Is a Game Mechanic

If game mechanics are meant to provide players with experiences such as fun and anxiety, then narrative actually is a game mechanic, as much as game mechanics can also be narrative elements.

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